and I graduated in New Mexico.
So how did we meet? CJ, my husband, 18 years old, took the tests to get into the Navy. He passed the tests but they wouldn't send him until the next month. He wanted to leave right away ,so he went down the hall, and joined the Air Force. He became an AP (Air Police). After boot camp, in San Antonio, Texas...he was stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I had never been on Kirkland Air Force Base.
The friend and I climbed into her old, rusty/red 1949 (Yep 1949) Plymouth and headed south for the base.
I put Linda and her friend "Phi" out of my mind the rest of the week. On Friday, Linda called me at the photography studio where I was working. "Want to go on a double date tonight?'
I answered the knock on the door that evening. I was quite surprised. Phi was a very good looking guy.
dark hair, brown eyes around 5ft 7 inches. And He had a nice smile. (OK...I guess this won't be too bad.)
We bowled that night. (I'm not the greatest bowler but he didn't seem to notice.) We chit chatted and he bought me a hamburger.
Later, we walked around Roosevelt Park (holding hands). He told me about Iowa. How green it was compared to New Mexico. He lived in a little town. Had three brothers. (I'm not sure I got a word in edge wise, but it was fine.) I knew nothing about Iowa. I had lived in New Mexico, Montana, Arizona, and Colorado...but had never been to the Midwest. I knew nothing about corn fields, farms. Phi kept emphasising how green Iowa was.
Phi and I were both 18. He was close to turning 19 in April...I would turn 19 the following December.
We became an "item". I wore his class ring. Phi didn't have a car at the time. A friend would drop him off at my house and he would walk the couple miles back to the base. He returned to Iowa on leave, and drove back a 1954 Chevy. We didn't have much money. We would stop for a hamburger, drive around Albuquerque or visit my grandmother, who had a store (Ruby's Novelties), in the Sandia Mountains.
My parents moved to Santa Rita. I wanted to stay in Albuquerque, but my money didn't stretch..
Besides, "Phi" and I hit a wall.
I called my mother and they drove to Albuquerque to pick me up. I lived in Santa Rita for awhile and then
returned to Albuquerque to attend a Cosmetology School. Two of the gals from school and I were sitting at Big Bob's having a root beer.( Bob's was a drive up restuarant with car hops.) I saw the green Chevy across from us. I ignored it. There was a knock on the window. "Yea, so and so wants you to drive Central (The main street in Albug) with them." My first reaction was "No way!" But my friends knew the other guys in the car. I began to get into the back seat when the driver ,known as "Phi," said, "Get up here with me."
We drove silently at first and then Phi said, "I heard you were back in town." As we continued talking, he asked me to quit hanging around with "the blonds" (my friends from beauty school.) I said, "Listen buddy, I'm not quitting anything unless I have a ring on my finger!"
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